According to the Coalition of the Homeless of Pasco County, 3,305 people are homeless in our community on any given day. Typically, 105 people are housed in shelters, and more than 3,200 were unsheltered. That doesn’t include those living with relatives and friends in multi-family households. Two years ago, the County’s homeless tally of nearly one percent of the population was the highest per capita rate in Florida. Restored Hope will be working with sister non-profits like the Coalition of the Homeless and Metropolitan Ministries to offer hope and healing for East Pasco County’s homeless and empower them to ultimately become self sufficient.
Restored Hope will provide case management, laundry services, portable showers, picture IDs for employment, budgeting, parenting and life skills classes, interview clothing and job interview training, and hygiene items. It has a computer dedicated to ACCESS Florida where people can apply for food and medical assistance. Pasco Sheriff Nocco also named Restored Hope a distribution center for his annual holiday food drive.
Restored Hope is now accepting donations of hygiene products, career clothing (particularly larger sizes), hangers, paper towels, toilet paper, paper and office supplies, and volunteer support. To learn more, you can call Restored Hope at (352) 437-4815 or contact Kathy Hunt at (716) 228-1004 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With over 3000 homeless families and unsheltered in Pasco County there has never been a time of greater need.